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india Updated: Feb 12, 2013 00:41 IST
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Afzal Guru execution

Despite every effort by the J&K government to prevent violence following the execution of Afzal Guru, protests continued in various pockets of Kashmir, claiming the life of a 16-year-old on Monday.

The protests occurred despite the curfew to prevent violence after the execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. Most of the incidents took place in Sopore, Guru's hometown.

Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, has announced that a march will be held in Sopore on Tuesday for Guru's chalum ceremony (prayers held on the fourth day after death). On Friday, another march will be held to the Srinagar Idgah.

On Sunday, scores of people had defied curfew and clashed with security personnel in at least two spots in Sopore. The clash which claimed the life of Mushtaq had occurred around 6.40 pm on Sunday.

Ubaid Mushtaq, who had been seriously injured in Watergam near Sopore on Sunday, died on Monday. According to hospital sources, Mushtaq had sustained bullet injuries in his abdomen. Another person, Sajad Ahmad Bhat, who had been admitted in at the SKIMS hospital with serious injuries, is on life support.

The body of a teenager, who had been missing after clashes with security forces, was fished out of the Jhelum river in central Kashmir's Ganderbal district, on Monday.

Zameer Ahmad Dar, 16, was last seen being chased by security forces, said eyewitnesses. Locals said the protesting youths had jumped into the river to escape the security forces.

In Sumbal village of north Kashmir, one Tariq Ahmad Bhat had died in a similar fashion. Eyewitnesses said he had jumped into a frozen river to escape the police.

The police, however, said Bhat died when a boat he was in, had capsized.Kashmir IG SM Sahai said the forces have been asked to exercise maximum restraint.

"The police have been given clear instructions not to use firearms. The problem starts when mobs attack police parties," Sahai said.